Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies

 

Hi, everyone! It's great to be back to the Saturday Spotlight routine after a brief breather for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Though, admittedly, it hardly feels like I had any vacation at all after being back to work for a week . . . it's been a zany one, what with complicated site updates and all!)

From the looks of this week's hot list*, I can see that, while I was away, everyone promptly moved on from fall and Thanksgiving to Christmas and its surrounding festivities. With the exception of one intricately piped and masterful set by @Elke Hoelzle intended for Father's Day or a guy's birthday, this week's Spotlight is a winter wonderland that overflows with Christmas magic.

Let's move on to witness these wonders firsthand. At the top of the list is fan fave of the week, this delightful duo by @Dolce Flo . . .

#1: My Christmas Gift by Dolce Flo
#1 - My Christmas Gift by Dolce Flo

#2: White Santa's Sleigh by mintlemonade (cookie crumbs)#2 - White Santa's Sleigh by mintlemonade (cookie crumbs)

Even though cookie designs and themes have changed since my last Spotlight, one thing has not . . . consistency of posting pays off! Once again, the very prolific and talented @Teri Pringle Wood dominates this Spotlight with four honored sets. This is the first of her beauties, and, as its name suggests, it shines!

#3: Softly Golden by Teri Pringle Wood#3 - Softly Golden by Teri Pringle Wood

#4: Trendy by Teri Pringle Wood#4 - Trendy by Teri Pringle Wood

#5: Trees and Treats by Teri Pringle Wood
#5 - Trees and Treats by Teri Pringle Wood

And, for the last of Teri's encore performances (for this week anyway!) . . .

#6: Sleigh Full of Gifts by Teri Pringle Wood#6 - Sleigh Full of Gifts by Teri Pringle Wood

Not only does @Teresa P臋kul's work consistently enchant me, it also tests my translating skills! I hope I've interpreted her next two (YES, two!) photo titles correctly!

#7: Skrzat (aka Gnome) by Teresa P臋kul
#7 - Skrzat (aka Gnome) by Teresa P臋kul

#8: Pierniki na Choink臋 (aka Gingerbread Christmas Tree Ornaments) by Teresa P臋kul
#8 - Pierniki na Choink臋 (aka Gingerbread Christmas Tree Ornaments) by Teresa P臋kul

Now, for a set by @Gingerland (this month's site artist, BTW) that continues to defy the odds. Since first posting in 2015, this photo has amassed over 43,600 views, and each holiday season, like clockwork, it ascends once again to the top of our trending lists. Its classic cuteness explains why!

#9: Snow Globe Cookies by Gingerland#9 - Snow Globe Cookies by Gingerland

And, last but not least, that masterful non-Christmas set mentioned at the top of this post. Just wow, Elke!

#10: Vintage Motorcycle Cookies by Elke Hoelzle#10 - Vintage Motorcycle Cookies by Elke Hoelzle

All for this week! I hope you've been wowed by these wonders, and that you enjoy the rest of your weekend! "See" you next Saturday at this same place and time!

* As a reminder, a word about how the rankings are determined: The rankings are not at all subjective. In fact, they are determined essentially by you, our members, and the activity (number of views, likes, and comments) you've bestowed on each photo. The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos are trending most quickly (i.e., are the "hottest") over specified periods of time. As such, the hot list at the time of this announcement may look a little different a few hours or a day from now as more photos are added to the site.

So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.

All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.

To check out our other hot lists, at any time of day, visit our Hot Spot, also found in the site's main navigation line.

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Congrats again, honorees! Just a heads up - I am off to a Christmas party (yay for me!), so it will be a while (a few hours) before I can share this post into social media. In the meantime, please feel free to celebrate by spreading the word! 

Well, thank you , thanks to all who liked and commented on my cookie creations this week.  Your lovely comments and support are always appreciated more than you will ever know馃挆  My life is very difficult at this time and decorating cookies is my stress relief. Many days it's very hard to find any creativity but if I sit down and start decorating a calm comes over me and life is better馃槉 my joy comes from sharing with others and bringing a little  happiness to many as well. 

Congratulations to all featured artists this week馃挆

Teri Pringle Wood posted:

Well, thank you , thanks to all who liked and commented on my cookie creations this week.  Your lovely comments and support are always appreciated more than you will ever know馃挆  My life is very difficult at this time and decorating cookies is my stress relief. Many days it's very hard to find any creativity but if I sit down and start decorating a calm comes over me and life is better馃槉 my joy comes from sharing with others and bringing a little  happiness to many as well. 

Congratulations to all featured artists this week馃挆

Teri, I am so sorry to hear about your difficulties, and hope that they fade away soon. Please know that your work brings more than a "little happiness" to us; it is a source of great inspiration to many. The joy that you express through your creations is palpable too. THANK YOU for giving so generously of yourself!

Teri Pringle Wood posted:

Well, thank you , thanks to all who liked and commented on my cookie creations this week.  Your lovely comments and support are always appreciated more than you will ever know馃挆  My life is very difficult at this time and decorating cookies is my stress relief. Many days it's very hard to find any creativity but if I sit down and start decorating a calm comes over me and life is better馃槉 my joy comes from sharing with others and bringing a little  happiness to many as well. 

Congratulations to all featured artists this week馃挆

Our dear Teri, thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. We deeply appreciate your humbleness and sincerity at this difficult time for you.

Yes, you bring so much joy to us with every one of your amazing creations! And they reflect all the passion and love you pour into them.

Teri dear, God bless you and flood you with his peace and love. I鈥檓 praying for you. Just know that we all love you so much and are grateful for you.鉂わ笍

Julia M. Usher posted:
Teri Pringle Wood posted:

Well, thank you , thanks to all who liked and commented on my cookie creations this week.  Your lovely comments and support are always appreciated more than you will ever know馃挆  My life is very difficult at this time and decorating cookies is my stress relief. Many days it's very hard to find any creativity but if I sit down and start decorating a calm comes over me and life is better馃槉 my joy comes from sharing with others and bringing a little  happiness to many as well. 

Congratulations to all featured artists this week馃挆

Teri, I am so sorry to hear about your difficulties, and hope that they fade away soon. Please know that your work brings more than a "little happiness" to us; it is a source of great inspiration to many. The joy that you express through your creations is palpable too. THANK YOU for giving so generously of yourself!

Thank you Julia for your kind words馃挆

What a nice surprise, thank you very much Julia. Congratulations to all the featured and especially to @Teri Pringle Wood for the four selected sets. I love your work Teri and thanks for sharing your art. I thank everyone for putting a like on my post and for leaving a comment. I wish you a happy week!! 鉂わ笍

Dolce Flo posted:

What a nice surprise, thank you very much Julia. Congratulations to all the featured and especially to @Teri Pringle Wood for the four selected sets. I love your work Teri and thanks for sharing your art. I thank everyone for putting a like on my post and for leaving a comment. I wish you a happy week!! 鉂わ笍

Thank you, mutual admiration 馃槉馃挆馃槉

Heather Bruce Sosa posted:
Teri Pringle Wood posted:

Well, thank you , thanks to all who liked and commented on my cookie creations this week.  Your lovely comments and support are always appreciated more than you will ever know馃挆  My life is very difficult at this time and decorating cookies is my stress relief. Many days it's very hard to find any creativity but if I sit down and start decorating a calm comes over me and life is better馃槉 my joy comes from sharing with others and bringing a little  happiness to many as well. 

Congratulations to all featured artists this week馃挆

Our dear Teri, thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. We deeply appreciate your humbleness and sincerity at this difficult time for you.

Yes, you bring so much joy to us with every one of your amazing creations! And they reflect all the passion and love you pour into them.

Teri dear, God bless you and flood you with his peace and love. I鈥檓 praying for you. Just know that we all love you so much and are grateful for you.鉂わ笍

Thank you Heather, your kindness will make my day so much better馃挆馃挆馃挆

Congratulations to all @Dolce Flo, @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs)@Teresa P臋kul, @Gingerland, but special to @Teri Pringle Wood, wishing you all the best, I understand very well what you mean, many times also for me is the sweet creation  stress relief too, also congratulations to @Elke Hoelzle, love your cool motorbikes and of course wishing to everyone nice Christmas time 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍馃巹馃巹馃巹

Petra Florean posted:

Congratulations to all @Dolce Flo, @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs)@Teresa P臋kul, @Gingerland, but special to @Teri Pringle Wood, wishing you all the best, I understand very well what you mean, many times also for me is the sweet creation  stress relief too, also congratulations to @Elke Hoelzle, love your cool motorbikes and of course wishing to everyone nice Christmas time 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍馃巹馃巹馃巹

Dzi臋kuj臋 , gratuluj臋 wyr贸偶nionym  鉂わ笍 

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